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"I really love the Data Explorer. I use it all the time to go in and craft exactly what I need to see. I'm able to then take that story and explain it to the executives. I've done that a couple of times and it is helpful.""In terms of the solution’s real-time visibility across our network infrastructure, I have not been able to find any other monitoring or netflow visualization tool that gives me the kind of information I get from Kentik. If I need to take a deep-dive into something that I see, it's really easy for me to do that. Whereas with most other things, I have to use five or six other tools to get that kind of data, with Kentik, I have it all in one place.""Having the API access allows us to do a great deal of automation around a lot of our reporting and management tools.""We're also using Kentik to ingest metrics. It's a useful feature, and its response time, whenever we're pulling back the data, is higher than our on-prem solution.""I am able to do a lot of work on the visualization end to create different visualizations and different ways to get information out of it.""The drill-down into detailed views of network activity helps to quickly pinpoint locations and causes. All the information is there.""The most valuable feature is being able to pull traffic patterns; to and from destinations. We're able to understand where our traffic is going, our top talkers from an AS set, as well as where our traffic's coming from.""The most valuable features have been anything around traffic engineering: being able to determine the source or destination of a surge of traffic, whether it's DDoS-related, or a customer just happened to have a sudden uptick in traffic. Being able to tell where that's coming from or where it's going to enables us to do things based on that."

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"After installation, you almost forget that it is working.""The feature I find most valuable, is the stability of the solution.""I like that is easy to work on and straightforward.""The product has excellent stability.""Monitoring system provides a clear indication of what's going on in the network.""Automation of the ILS.""The most valuable feature is the connectivity monitoring."

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"I have found the cross analysis feature to be the most valuable.""We were able to standardize the internal processes across all internal departments, resulting in almost an elimination of non-standard process flows through our organization.""The most valuable feature is the auto-discovery, which is nice because you don't have to do anything to add a new component.""This product provides good visibility into applications at the backend.""What I like best is the configuration management functionality."

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"I've checked out the V4 version of the interface and it's still a little bit clunky for me to use. I still go back to the old interface. That's definitely one that they still need to work on. It doesn't seem like everything that you get in the V3, the older interface, is there. For instance, I was trying to add a user or do the administrative tasks in V4, and I couldn't figure out where I was supposed to do that.""There is room for improvement around the usability of the API. It's a hugely complex task to call it and you need a lot of backing to be able to do it. I should say, as someone who's not in networking, maybe it's easier for people who are in networking, but for me that one part is not very user-friendly.""I would like to see them explore the area of cost analysis.""The only downside to Kentik, something that I don't like, is that it's great that it shows you where these anomalies lie, but it's not actionable. Kentik is valuable, don't get me wrong, but if it had an actionable piece to it...""They're moving more in a direction where they are saying, "Hey, here's information that you may be interested in or may a need," before the question has to explicitly be asked. Continuing to move in that direction would be a good thing.""We asked for a way, regarding the potential networks that exist, to hook Kentik up with external tools like peering DBs to correlate things together and see what we can do... This is all in the [next] beta now.""I believe they're already working on this, but I would love for them to create better integrations from network flow data to application performance — tracing — so that we could overlay that data more readily. With more companies going hybrid, flow logs and flow data, whether it be VPC or on-prem, matched with application performance and trace data, is pretty important."

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"In the next release, I would like to see it merged with Prime and I think that it should be more unified.""It is not very easy to monitor or to browse.""The configuration is too complicated and you have to create templates and use a lot of menus.""It would be nice to have the ability to more easily collect information from other software when doing some types of analysis.""It's a relatively expensive product for some clients.""API lacks robustness.""Sometimes the product gives us problems that require support."

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"For us, the implementation was quite complex but it's because of the large number of different environments we're dealing with.""We want to make our own choice for the AIOps solution and do not want to be forced to use the Broadcom OI solution by default.""The interface is not nice and needs to be improved.""There should be a facility to integrate with other monitoring applications that are currently running in the environment.""Huawei devices are not properly supported, and there are incompatibility issues related to certain protocols."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We have an annual contract with Kentik that we renew each year for a set number of licenses. We also have some burstable licenses which we can spin up and spin down, and those are paid as they are used."

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"The solution is very expensive.""The product is licensed with contracts that work on a yearly basis rather than a monthly model."

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"In general, the license cost will be about 30% of the total TCO for this tool (hardware/support team, OS costs, and OS management).""The product, support, and maintenance are all expensive, which is another reason that we are switching to another solution."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: One of the valuable features is the intuitive nature of building out reports, and then triggering actions based on… more »
Top Answer: Without speaking directly about numbers, it's about the cost of a cross-connect, per device per month. Of course, some… more »
Top Answer: I believe they're already working on this, but I would love for them to create better integrations from network flow… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the connectivity monitoring.
Top Answer: Sometimes the product gives us problems that require support. There are still several things that need to be done in… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the auto-discovery, which is nice because you don't have to do anything to add a new… more »
Top Answer: The product, support, and maintenance are all expensive, which is another reason that we are switching to another… more »
Top Answer: This solution is too complicated to use for us, especially if you have many components. It's too big for us, which is… more »
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Overview

Kentik's AIOps Network Traffic Intelligence platform unifies network operations, performance, security, and business intelligence. 

With a purpose-built big data engine delivered as public or private SaaS, Kentik captures a high-resolution view of actual network traffic data and enriches it with critical application and business data, so every network event or analysis can be tied to revenue & costs, customer & user experience, performance & risk.

Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) is designed to help you efficiently implement, visualize, and manage Cisco Unified Fabric. It includes a comprehensive feature set, along with a customizable dashboard that provides enhanced visibility and automated fabric provisioning of dynamic data centers.CA Spectrum can enable your organization to discover, optimize and improve its infrastructure and the business services running on top of it. By delivering large-enterprise scalability, robust features and superior root cause analysis, this solution can help your organization effectively manage its dynamic, complex IT infrastructure including physical, virtual and cloud environments as well as network virtualization.
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Sample Customers
Pandora, Yelp, Neustar, Box, University of Washington, Zoom, Tata, and Cogent.  Banco de Guayaquil, Cox Communications, Kuwait Petroleum Italia, Roper St. Francis, University of British ColumbiaNational Informatics Centre India, Banese, Olympus, AlphaServe Technologies, Sicredi
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Comms Service Provider43%
University14%
Computer Software Company14%
Music Company14%
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Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company22%
Government5%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider43%
Computer Software Company29%
Insurance Company4%
Government4%
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Healthcare Company15%
Financial Services Firm15%
Insurance Company13%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Computer Software Company40%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government7%
Media Company5%
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Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise73%
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Small Business36%
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Large Enterprise45%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise71%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs. DX Spectrum and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,764 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Cisco Data Center Network Manager is ranked 25th in Network Monitoring Software with 7 reviews while DX Spectrum is ranked 31st in Network Monitoring Software with 5 reviews. Cisco Data Center Network Manager is rated 7.8, while DX Spectrum is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Data Center Network Manager writes "Dependable and has excellent stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of DX Spectrum writes "Good monitoring, alerting capabilities, and improved visibility, but AIOps is restricted to Broadcom". Cisco Data Center Network Manager is most compared with SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, SolarWinds NPM, Zabbix, Arista Data ANalyZer and NetBrain, whereas DX Spectrum is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, DX Performance Management, Zabbix, DX Infrastructure Manager and Splunk. See our Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs. DX Spectrum report.

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